'£15m May Get Him' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts as West Ham line up striker bid
West Ham could sign Josh King for £15million – or less – from Bournemouth following Sebastien Haller’s move to Ajax.
That is the view of former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes the Cherries star would be able to do the same job Michail Antonio does up top for the Irons.
The 28-year-old is set to be out of contract at the end of the season and it is understood West Ham are hoping to strike a cut-price deal as a result.
King has not been a regular for Bournemouth this season, with just eight Championship appearances under his belt.
Whelan has insisted the 51-cap star would be a better fit for David Moyes than Haller and that there is a good chance they will get him for a decent price.
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Asked if King would suit West Ham better than Haller, Whelan told Football Insider: “Yeah, I think so I think that’s the problem, Haller is a different kind of striker and you know David Moyes, he’s got an absolute gem in Antonio but what he wants is somebody that’s going to be a little bit more like for like.
“Josh King fits the bill, we know they wanted him in the summer, an offer was not accepted so maybe £15million of this (money from Haller’s exit) would get him now, it could be even less than that.
“You don’t go away from signings just because you’ve not got them in the summer, if they’re still at their parent club where they were when you put a bid in, you’ll be coming back to them.
“There’s less of a contract there for Josh King which means less money – and he’s not being playing regularly.”
Sébastien Haller has joined Ajax on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee.
We would like to thank @HallerSeb for his contribution to the Club and wish him all the best for his future career.
— West Ham United (@WestHam) January 8, 2021
Haller netted 10 goals in 48 Premier League appearances during his time in east London.
King meanwhile has a total of 48 goals to his name in 161 top-flight games.
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